In general it is a good idea to get the most out of your investments, regardless of whether these are IT-based or not. Within IT, one area where it is commonplace to not get the most out of your investment is from your databases. This is primarily because they do not perform with optimal efficiency, with the result that service levels are reduced and the business suffers. Historically, the simple answer to such problems has been to increase the power of the hardware supporting the database but this is an expensive solution at the best of times and, in the midst of a recession, is likely to be unappealing. A preferable, and more cost effective, solution is to detect and cure performance problems through software and, better yet, prevent such problems from occurring in the first place. This is what Embarcadero DB Optimizer is designed to do.